People are tired of the same old recipes and ingredients. With vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and clean-eating trends all on the rise, they’re exploring new ingredients and food preparation techniques. Innovation in the food industry is here to stay, so shouldn’t you be a part of it, too? When exploring new cooking and baking trends, it’s important to think outside the box. That’s where freeze-dried produce comes in! There are unlimited ways to store, prepare, and enjoy freeze-dried goods.
The pros of cooking with freeze-dried produce
When cooking with freeze-dried ingredients, you get simple, safely preserved food that’s ready to be cooked! Considering using freeze-dried produce? These insights are sure to convince you:
- With no slicing and dicing necessary, cooking just got quicker and simpler. Freeze-dried ingredients are already washed and prepped, so just add them to your dish and get cooking.
- Freeze-dried produce doesn’t have excess moisture, so your vegetables won’t water down your soup or sauce. Instead, it’ll be packed with concentrated flavor.
- No additives or sulfites are used during the freeze-drying process, so your ingredients are full of natural nutrients and vitamins instead of excess chemicals, dyes, or byproducts.
- If that wasn’t enough, freeze-dried produce is naturally gluten-free, so it fits in many diets and lifestyles.
The best freeze-dried recipes
Freeze-dried ingredients add unique flavor to your meal, and their long shelf life means you always have the right materials on hand to whip up a new recipe. Whether you’re an individual looking to spice up your meal planning, or a company researching innovative new products, try one or all of these recipes and discover how easy and delicious cooking with freeze-dried ingredients can be.
One simple way to start integrating freeze-dried produce into your diet is through smoothies. Most smoothies call for fresh or frozen fruit, so why not add some freeze-dried ingredients to the mix? By throwing extra freeze-dried strawberries into your smoothie, you get all the nutrition and natural sweetness from the berries, but without the moisture. This makes it more flavorful and full of nutrition. Want to give it a try? This smoothie recipe is sure to wow your taste buds!
Raspberry Mint Freeze-Dried Smoothie
- 1 cup ice
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 ¼ cups freeze-dried raspberries
- 3 large mint leaves
- 1 banana
Blend all your ingredients together, adding the ice last. Garnish with a mint leaf and enjoy!
Soups and sauces
If you’re looking to add something special to your favorite soup or pasta sauce, give freeze-dried vegetables a try. With their long shelf life, you’ll get the flavor and nutrition of seasonal vegetables all year round. Freeze-dried vegetables can easily be rehydrated with water, or ground up and used to thicken a sauce. With freeze-dried ingredients, you’ll never have a watery pasta sauce again. This packs a flavorful punch, and is often less expensive than purchasing fresh produce. Give it a try with this freeze-dried produce-packed soup recipe.
Freeze-Dried Vegetable and Noodle Soup
- 1 cup dried pasta
- 1 cup freeze-dried vegetables (like peas, broccoli, and carrots)
- ½ teaspoon basil
- ½ teaspoon parsley
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 cups water
Place the freeze-dried vegetables in a dry blender and blend into flakes. Measure out ½ cup. Save the remaining vegetables for another dish. Bring the water to a boil, and add your garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. Add pasta to the boiling broth, and when cooked, mix in your freeze-dried vegetables. Let simmer for 5 minutes, and serve while hot.
Baking with freeze-dried ingredients is a great way to use shelf-safe ingredients. Since many fruits aren’t in season all year, it’s a way to diversify the flavor and nutrition in your diet. Freeze-dried ingredients don’t add excess moisture to your baked goods so your loaves, muffins, and sweet treats won’t get soggy while baking. Curious about how to bake with freeze-dried produce? Explore recipes like these strawberry limeade bars or our freeze-dried blueberry muffins!
Freeze-Dried Blueberry Muffins
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup butter
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup freeze-dried blueberries
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together your dry ingredients (except the blueberries), and set them aside. Beat the eggs and mix in your wet ingredients (butter, milk, and vanilla). Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Fold the freeze-dried blueberries into your batter. Grease your muffin tins and fill each cup 3/4 full. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Enjoy!